Charcoal Inspiration

Chiaroscuro Studio of Art

The Chiaroscuro Studio of Art based in Miami, Florida offers a curriculum based on the teaching method used by famous classical-realist academies.

Art of the Dead by Sandi Ludescher

Artist and Musician, Sandi Ludescher sent us an image of her painting, Esperando de El Desfile (Waiting for the Parade), and a CD of her harp music!

Contemporary Charcoals:
Maudie Brady

When it comes to art, Maudie Brady is a true Renaissance woman. Mastering the fields of both two-dimensional and three-dimensional design, from drawings to sculpture, Brady has also enjoyed an acclaimed career within the field of sculpture and prop design for television and film.

Contemporary Charcoals:
Damian Goidich

Each time I begin a drawing I recognize that I get to participate in a ritual that has existed for thousands of years. It’s a fascinating and humbling experience to think that this act of committing thoughts and emotions to a surface with nothing more than a burnt stick of wood (or ground pigment for those of you who paint) has proceeded uninterrupted since the early humans attempted to reconcile both the natural and supernatural world through creative expression. It’s a wonderful legacy to be a part of.

The Early Drawings of
Willem de Kooning

Often when we think of de Kooning, abstract and animated compositions most likely come to mind, and rightly so: alongside contemporaries such as Jackson Pollock, de Kooning ranks among the most influential artistic figures working in the mid-20th century. What some might not realize, though, is that de Kooning began his career ensconced in a more traditional, academic technique. It

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